Friday, June 24, 2016

Prayers Answered for Jamaica 2016

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…….” Matthew 28:19a

Ladies, thank you, thank you, thank you for ALL of your prayers!

Once again, the Lord blessed yet another mission trip as forty-five of us from the state of Tennessee went to Linstead, Jamaica to share Christ and be a part of God’s Great Commission!

The Lord truly is attentive to the prayers of His people, and I appreciate all of you going before the Lord and asking Him to glorify His Son through us!

God Protected, God Saved, and God Encouraged!

God Protected

It was exciting as the entire team converged at the Atlanta airport, each group coming from their respective section of the state, gathering together to board the plane for Montego Bay, Jamaica. We had a safe flight, a safe bus ride to Linstead, and safe travel throughout our stay on the island.

As we returned to the United States, and each group went their separate way in the Atlanta airport, I realized how we had experienced the guidance and protection of our watchful Father, who truly guards our going out and our coming back in (Psalm 121:8).

God Saved

We went on the streets of Linstead in teams and shared the Gospel with the local citizens. By God’s amazing grace, He opened up hearts and some made professions of faith in Christ!

I had the awesome privilege of sharing Christ and praying with young people as they were getting out of school. My team was in a very strategic location and God brought us a harvest of school-age kids!

There was a young person on our team who did not have a relationship with Christ and accepted Jesus as Savior while we were in Jamaica! The Lord used the mission trip to bring this precious young soul to saving faith in Christ!!! Glory to God!!!

God Encouraged

In all of my times in going to Jamaica, I got to experience something I had never experienced before; our first night there we attended a “Youth Explosion”. Young people (teens, young adults) from the community, and some of the youth from our mission team, came together to share and express their faith with songs, praise dancing, spoken word monologues, and testimonies. It was so wonderful to see the passion coming from these young believers as they worshipped the Lord! It was a tremendous outpouring of praise, and it thoroughly encouraged all of us, especially the young people in our group.

I know that everyone is not called to go overseas on mission for the Lord, but we can all go next door, go to our families and friends, go into our communities, spreading the good news about how Jesus came to seek and save the lost!

Yet, there may be some of you who desire to answer the call to go outside our borders, to get out of your comfort zone and be a witness in the “uttermost parts of the world”. (Acts 1:8) If the Lord is tugging on your heart to do just that, BE OBEDIENT. The experience will be life-changing, and the Holy Spirit will ignite a fire within you for missions that will never go out!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day



Happy Father's Day to all the Daddy's.....especially this guy, who is not only my rock, but also our four children and two grandchildren's rock!!!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Portable Prayer Closet



Remember.....the first weekend of May was the weekend that God chose to once again jerk me out of my comfort zone and challenge me.

I led a Ladie's Conference in Woodbury, Tennessee......A Mary Heart in a Martha World.

God may jerk you out of your comfort.........but he won't make you go alone.  While I preparing for the conference, everywhere I turned God was giving me ideas, etc.

I went to Lifeway to purchase the book....Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.  I figured it couldn't hurt to read it.  While in there, I had NO IDEA where I would go with this conference.  I had a little free time, so I enjoyed browsing around.

When I went to make my purchase, I made the comment that I listened to audio devotions while coming home from work lots of time because my life was so busy and hectic.

(Another proof that God has a sense of humor...............or, he wanted to choose someone to speak on this topic that was living flat dab in the middle of a Martha World....smile.)

Anyway....back to my story.  As I was leaving, a stranger came up to me and said she over heard me talking about being busy, etc.  She went on and asked me if I had seen the movie, War Room...and I told her we had shown it at church.  She said her friend went and bought a display board at Walmart and made her a war room.

She went on and told me that she traveled all the time, so she went to Michael's and got a small display board and made her a small one and took it with her everywhere.

She said........I don't usually talk to strangers....I just felt led to share this with you and I'm not sure why.

I thank her and said...........I know why...........I'm leading a Ladie's Conference in a month and..........I'm gonna use that.  I left and went straight to Michaels and made my purchase.....of the 18x24 tri-fold display board.

It is small enough to take with you EVERYWHERE.....and you can put it on the table in front of you and block out all of the distractions so you can Spend Time With Jesus.

(I've made a LARGE board....from Walmart and we use it at church to post our Prayer Concerns on......using Post-It notes.)

The Ladies LOVED the idea.

Roger even took the Portable Prayer Closet to an Executive Board meeting and shared it in his devotion............I wound up making a retired D.O.M .and our current D.O.M. a portable prayer closet.

The random lady at Lifeway was only ONE of the many, many different examples of how God used things and people to help me make it OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE.

Out of our comfort zone is scary.........VERY SCARY..........but if we will just TRUST GOD.....He won't LEAVE US!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Over ANXIOUS

All six of the GiveHIM Tennessee members were EXCITED and had high anticipation.  We planned BIG.

Friday night, we probably wound up and fed close to 90, but only about 50 stayed for the service.

We were a bit disappointed.

We had put soooo much time, energy, money and hopes into this project.

Bro. Willie McLaurin was VERY ENCOURAGING.......telling us that this was the first time so we had to realize....the people do not trust us yet, but we were planting seeds.  He assured us that with time....we would see the harvest.

BUT.....at the end of the service........although the numbers were lower than we had hoped......ONE MAN GOT SAVED!!!

IT WAS WORTH IT ALL....

From the beginning, we had said that if ONE could get saved, it would be worth it all.

Then I got home and saw this on Facebook................

Once again.................I wanted things in MY TIME.................GOD's TIMING IS PERFECT!!!

Saturday night, there were several more people and we were already pumped over the salvation of the 28 year old male from the night before.......
Two more accepted Christ..............a 21 year old female and a 6 year old boy.  Praise the Lord.

Sunday night....we had a great crowd..................a mid-thirty man got saved and we baptized four at the end of the service. 

Lord, please help me to TRUST YOU......and not be over anxious.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

#thebrittonstakepcb

The Brittons take Panama City Beach.

The remaining blogs this week have been pre-written and scheduled to post.............because, Roger and I have gone to PCB to play with these babies and get a little rest before our V.B.S. next week.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

GiveHIM Rockwood, Tennessee Revival

The three couples have been busy since January, raising money and working and planning for our first revival.

Our first GiveHIM Tennessee revival was this past weekend in Rockwood, Tennessee.

Our church is in the rural area.  We chose the Community Center, where the pool is and it's located right in the center of Rockwood and just down the street from the Project.

We had been working VERY HARD..........and waiting and waiting for this day.  Thank goodness, we had sold our church on the project so the members gave us tons of manpower.  We could not have done it without their help.

The dates were set months and month ago...........how was we to know that it would be in the 90's that weekend?  But, God was so good.  Each night, right before the message, a little breeze would begin to blow. 

We, also hand-made old fashioned fans, which were much needed for the heat and also to swat the nats away.

We feed everyone that came each night..........the food was good; the music was great and the preaching was fantastic!!

AND.....FOUR SOULS WERE SAVED!!!  A 6 year old; a 21 year old; a 28 year old and a man in his 30's.  

ALL the worry............all the work.....all the money spent..................................

IT WAS WORTH IT ALL...
Four more brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Revival was at the Community Center, where the pool was located, so we got permission and on the last night....................we had a baptism in the pool and all four got baptized!

AWESOME PREACHERS:
Friday Night - Bro. Willie McLaurin (from TBC)
Saturday Night - Bro. Randy Roper (Our DOM)
Sunday Night - Bro. John Parrot (TBC Bi-Vo Leader)


Four Baptisms in Community Pool.

A few more pictures.....
Great Food.....

 The first one getting saved.....



Our Worship Leaders.....from our church.
Bro. Willie McLaurin......from TBC

Roger and Caleb....lead singer...



Luke....our Sound Guy.

Our 6 year old getting saved.


John & Kathy Parrot....our Bi-Vo Leaders from TBC




Even had a Dunking Booth Saturday night.





Monday, June 13, 2016

Vacation Bible School

Because we had the Tent Revival all last weekend and because we left Wednesday to go to the beach and because Vacation Bible School begins Monday.....the day after Father's Day...........................Roger and I decorated my 2 & 3 year old classroom Monday....except for the bulletin boards.